Marion County plans to extend its stay-at-home order until May 15, city and county officials announced Thursday morning, but the order will be adjusted to comply with new state requirements that are expected to be announced Friday.
Current orders for both Marion County and the state are set to expire Friday. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb plans to issue new state orders.
Mayor Joe Hogsett and Marion County Public Health Department director Dr. Virginia Caine said the county will issue an order “subsequent to the new statewide order that to the greatest extent allowable will continue current restrictions” on all non-essential business through May 15.
According to the city, restaurants may continue serving takeout and delivery, and grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential businesses will remain open.
Golf courses and farmers markets will be allowed to open May 2, provided that they put in place proper social-distancing protocols and strict sanitation practices are implemented.
The city has also asked county residents to wear a face mask or covering while out in public.
Marion County has seen the state’s highest number of cases of COVID-19, with 5,295 cases through Tuesday.
“It’s clear from talking with state leaders and community stakeholders that the challenges we face here in Indianapolis are unique—a city filled with large venues, densely populated neighborhoods and active business centers,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said in written comments. “To ensure that we see continued progress in our fight against this virus, we must recommit to our social distancing efforts even as we plan for the future.”
Caine said while the county has seen some signs of progress, there is still more work to be done to ensure Indianapolis residents are safe during the pandemic.